Happy Super Bowl Sunday! In direct contrast to pretty much everything in this post (hats, English tea, shopping), I've spent the last two days preparing for my house to be inundated with a bunch of drunken, swearing men (and a few unsuspecting wives, I'd wager). I made two kinds of chili (chicken/fake meat/mushroom and bison, chipotle beef and spicy pork), which has been simmering on the stove for 48 hours, and 3 batches of cheese biscuits (I may have eaten a few along the way). I'm hoping for a good game - go, Seahawks! I think most of us are rooting for Seattle, as it's the local team.
Anyway, like I said, in direct contrast to all of that "grunt grunt" sports, here is some major floofiness:
|"Is that...sun? So...bright!"|
Funny moment: all of us (being bloggers) all snapping pictures of everyone and everything! The very kind waitress patiently took a picture with each of our cameras (4), which were all of varying degrees of technology.
|Ultra-casual stair pose|
Since both H and Lorrie were new-to-me in blogging terms, I wanted to give a good representation about what I'm all about as a blogger. I'm 45+, highly visible, and committed to ethical shopping and above all, wearing what you want!
I also knew I'd be walking at least one way to the White Heather Tea Room, so my shoes and hat would drive the rest of the outfit. Also, being the weekend, I didn't want to be in super-restrictive clothing (this turned out to be a good idea, with the very rich tea we had!).
The jacket is my bargain silk and wool tweed, last worn here in December 2013 with shiny paisley. It demonstrated my rockin' thrifting skills (yo), since I paid only $2.50 for it. I shared many of my favourite thrift and consignment shops with my new friends!
here, after the monochromaniacs).
The boots are my wonderful Miz Mooz, last seen here a couple of weeks ago with my Etro blazer. A lady stopped me in a store on the way home to tell me they were "the most beautiful boots I've ever seen." Aw.
A better look at the side of the hat - it's quite an interesting shape. It sits naturally on my head (i.e. no elastic or anything holding it on) with the side folds over one ear. I like to wear a pin at that point, so opted for my gold leather Smoking Lily anatomical heart (it now being February).
|And I see the old chick I will become...|
I am so thankful for the encouragement of Hat Attack! and my fellow fashion bloggers for inspiring me to push my fashion limits and wear some of the more daring items I find in my shopping adventures!
My full outerwear ensemble:
The hat's label:
|That is the worst-looking deer I have ever seen.|
The Variety Hat Co. was a Canadian company from the 40s - I found ads in the Winnipeg Free Press from 1949, looking for agents to carry their hats and salesmen to sell them.
My bigass bird bib necklace. I found another one of these for sale recently at the Patch, for around $25.
Jacket (David Findlay, thrifted), skirt (Lapis, consignment), boots (Miz Mooz), obi/key ring (local), necklace (gift from Mom), earrings (Plum), chain bracelet (Club Monaco), spinner ring (Twang & Pearl), cuff (SkinZnHydez).
And here we all are, at the White Heather Tea Room for an afternoon tea:
|From left: L (the Hostess of the Humble Bungalow), me, H of Ponside and Lorrie of FabricPaperThread|
|I love that L wears her good pearls on a daily basis - don't save them for "special times" - wear 'em!|
H arrived next, and I was immediately struck by her beautiful luminous skin:
Lorrie got a little lost, but she made it!
The White Heather does the best English afternoon tea. They have wonderful crisp white linens, and vintage teacups and saucers. This was mine:
L's teacup was one of the same ones that Grandma J had:
We all ordered the Wee Tea (trust me, it's still a lot of food!):
After a couple of hours of stimulating conversation and blogging comparables, we all headed next door to the House of Savoy, a high-end vintage and consignment store. I don't visit it too often, as it's usually on the pricey side, but if you want to find labels like Dior, Prada, Escada, you name it - that's the place.
Speaking of Dior, you should have seen the $1,700 full-length vintage fur coat they had! It had "Dior" watermarked silk lining, and was a gorgeous thick fur. Of course, I checked the pockets...and found a box of matches from a very posh Vancouver hotel, along with a receipt for three drinks (and the credit card manual slip), dated January 1999. I loved that little glimpse into the previous life of the coat. If I'd had the gumption, I would have tried it on!
We browsed for a while, then went our separate ways. Although I didn't find anything clothing for me, I did find a really nice red wool suit vest for L ($39), and a ring for myself. On the way home, I also stopped at Good Things (no website), an upscale thrift store that carries a little bit of everything. It's a wonderful place for a browse, and browse I did!
Here's what I found on my shopping travels:
This bracelet's tag said "signed" but I haven't been able to find the signature anywhere. I was drawn to the hand-cast metal (steel, I think) connector pieces. Those aren't ready-made from a bead shop.
Here's how it looks on:
A better shot of the cuff's colour and the split front:
Both the cuff and the bracelet were from Good Things.
And at the House of Savoy, I could spend hours poring over the jewelry in their cases. I spotted this spinner ring and was thrilled when it fit:
|My hands still have dough on them from making biscuits! Yikes!|
Well, I'm off - the Super Bowl partiers will be arriving any moment for the pre-show, and I need to give the chilis a stir. Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!